Current Leaders for each MLB Award
The first month of baseball is officially in the books. Pretty weird month when you look at it: the Cubs are just two games over .500, The Red Sox can’t hit, the Orioles can pitch (up until this past weekend), some guy came from Korea and hit 11 home runs (Eric Thames, you might’ve heard of him), and Michael Morse talks to bats now.
That being said, it’s time to have fun with small sample sizes and predict who is going to be taking home some hardware in November…
Mike Trout, LAA
A really bold decision here.
The AL MVP race may never be interesting again. Trout is the undisputed best player in baseball and he shows you why every single game without skipping a beat. The reigning MVP just had the best April of his career. With a stat line of .364 7 18 .443 and 5 stolen bases, there’s no question Trout is well on his way to his 3rd MVP award.
Honorable Mention: Avisaíl García, CWS
Ryan Zimmerman, WSH
Typically I’d say something like, ‘Zimmerman has revived his career with a hot start’ but that would be an insult to Zimmerman considering the way he’s hitting. The former washed up Nat is now on a Triple-Crown watch hitting .420 with 11 long balls and 29 RBI’s leading all of baseball in each category.
Zimmerman has been the best hitter on a team that also features Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy, that says it all.
Honorable Mention: Bryce Harper, WSH
AL Cy Young
Ervin Santana, MIN
The talent has always been there and Santana is finally putting it all together and in a big way. Through five starts in April, Santana is 4–0 while sporting a miniscule 0.77 ERA. With a WHIP of 0.66 and opponents hitting a measly .116 against him, Santana is currently the leading the AL CY race. To put into perspective just how good he’s been, check out the two guys below that he’s been out pitching thus far.
Honorable Mention: Dallas Keuchel, HOU/ Chris Sale, BOS
NL Cy Young
Ivan Nova, PIT
This is by far the tightest race of the young season, but it’s hard not to award Nova for what he has done (FYI: that wasn’t easy to write as a Yankee fan). Nova has looked like a modern day Maddux. Spotting up, pitching to contact, and being extremely economical. Just the other day against the Marlins he had about four innings where he threw under 10 pitches. He threw a CG shutout that day with 95 pitches.
So far Nova is 3–2 with a 1.50 ERA and leads the NL with a WHIP of 0.75. By the way he’s only walked one batter this whole season.
Honorable Mention: Clayton Kershaw, LAD
AL Rookie of the Year
Aaron Judge, NYY
Do you really need an explanation?
I mean I could go on for about as long as his homeruns go, but I’ll just leave you with his stat line .301 10 20 .411 and this…
Honorable Mention: Judge, Aaron NYY
NL Rookie of the Year
Antonio Senzatela, COL
Not many NL rookies have showed out so far, but Senzatela has been sensational. The rookie has emerged as the Rockies ace going 3–1 with a 2.81 era. It’s not easy to find success on the mound in the Rocky Mountains, but Senzatela doesn’t seem to have that issue. Aside from his teammate Kyle Freeland, no other rookie has impressed. This race is a no-brainer at the moment.
Honorable Mention: Kyle Freeland, COL
AL Manager of the Year
Joe Girardi, NYY
It’s not easy to win with such a young team, especially when you’ve become accustomed to having overpaid all-stars in your lineup. A lot of people had the Yankees finishing in fourth place this year and many expected them to struggle heavily in April.
The Yankees are 15–8 and tied for first.
Honorable Mention: AJ Hinch, HOU
NL Manager of the Year
Salvatore Lovullo, ARZ
In his first year as the D-Backs’ manager Lovullo has completely turned this ball club around. After being the most disappointing team in baseball just a year ago, the Diamondbacks are 16–11, just a half game back of the Rockies.
They currently sit in the top 10 in both overall hitting and pitching categories.
Honorable Mention: Bud Black, COL
The season is still young, but these guys have put themselves in a great spot to take home these awards this upcoming winter.